Years and years ago (2003 to be exact), I went to my very first RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in New York City. At this point in my career, I'd written a couple of historical romances for a small publisher, and I was thisclose to getting my Nina Quinn series published. An exciting time, for sure.
This conference represented a lot of things for me. The first time I was away from my family, my first professional conference, the first trip with my critique partners (we shared a room to save on costs--which we continued to do over the years because it was just plain fun). We were all pretty new to the business and went with eagerness and a good dose of anxiety.
While there, we became aware that Janet Evanovich was having a local book signing. As she was a favorite of all of ours, we decided to venture out into the city and see her in person. It was quite the experience! And we all loved every minute of it. My signed copy of To the Nines sits proudly on my keeper shelf. That little field trip away from the conference is something I'll never forget.
So, in honor of how long our little group has been together, and in honor of Janet, we're taking another field trip tomorrow to see One for the Money, which is based on Janet's first book in the Stephanie Plum series. We're all looking forward to the show--and to the popcorn--and just being together. Can't wait! I hope the movie lives up to the book--truly one of the funniest things I've ever read.
Are you planning to see the movie?
PS: On that trip I also got food poisoning and rode in a limo with a hooker. You just can't make this stuff up.
DreadTread: 2.0 miles, 32 painful minutes